Anderson Cooper Expounds on Decision to Publicly Come Out

Posted Monday September 10, 2012 5:00 PM GMT

Hoping to snag high ratings for the season premiere of his talk show "Anderson Live," Anderson Cooper spoke about his decision to come out for the first time.

The topic was brought up by guest co-host Kristin Chenoweth, who said, "I think we’ve both had big summers. I just wonder if you’d like to say, I don’t know, maybe, you went out a lot? You came out, and talked…?"

The silver-haired journalist replied, "So, you heard about that, yeah." He explained further, "Everybody in my life has always known… you know, I came out in high school, I told my friends, I told my family, I’ve always been out to my coworkers and stuff."

While wrestling with the appropriateness of going beyond journalistic duties to come out, at some point, he felt it was time.

When pressed about what finally made him go public with the personal detail, the 45-year-old host answered, "I didn’t want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or not comfortable with."

The son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt then expressed thanks to his fans, saying, "I appreciate all the support I got and all the encouragement."